Local traditions and culture in Norfolk (County)

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    The Lord Nelson

    by kevin36 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The lord nelson has a local song that sometimes get sung.
    Norfolk and good. yes it left a question mark with us too, until you say it quickly?
    Raised many a laugh in the pub.
    Also the guy who sang has it has his boat named the same.

    Norfolk and Good
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    Salvation Army

    by mazzap Updated May 10, 2005

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    Here in the UK we are so used to seeing The Salvation Army band performing especially around Christmas, and volunteers collecting money for the needy on street corners in our towns, that we tend to take their presence for granted.

    This band seemed really dedicated and we took a few minutes out to actually stop and listen, they were really quite good! The band was proudly parading the streets of Sheringham, Norfolk late one Sunday afternoon when they caught my attention.

    Curiosity made me come home and take a look at their website and it is a humbling experience when you see just how much work this organisation actually does!

    In a nutshell, this is what I found out about them…

    The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church.

    All Salvationists accept a disciplined and compassionate life of high moral standards which includes abstinence from alcohol and tobacco.

    From its earliest days the Army has accorded women equal opportunities, every rank and service being open to them, and from childhood the young are encouraged to love and serve God.

    The movement, founded in London, England, in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth, has spread to many parts of the world.

    Proud band in Sherringham, Norfolk
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    Cromer Crabs!

    by mazzap Updated May 10, 2005

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    Dressed or undressed – the choice is yours!

    In case you are wondering what this has to do with crabs, the ones in my picture are ‘dressed’ – all the hard work has been done for you by someone who knows how to do it! Just unwrap, sprinkle with salt and vinegar and enjoy!

    Varying in price by size, a mid range one will cost around 4.40 Euros.

    Dressed crabs!
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    Sense of humour

    by grets Written Apr 6, 2005

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    The people of Norfolk have obviously got a gerat sense of humour - or very small cars. We spotted these two cones with the sign - Please do not park between the cones - in a National Trust car park. Needless to say we didn't manage to fit the car into that small space - not even a woman could park her car that well!

    Parking guidelines

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    by grets Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Around our way (Bristol), we hardly ever see pheasants in the fields, whereas in Norfolk they were a common sight. At first I got very excited about seeing them, poitning them out to my husband as we were driving along. By the 150th sighting, I didn't even bother to mention it!


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    by grets Written Apr 17, 2005

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    I don't know what this style of architecture is called, but it is to be found all over Norfolk in different variation. Mostly like this, with small stones set in mortar, edged with red brick. It is very distinctive.

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    HMS Norfolk

    by grayfo Written Dec 2, 2012

    (c78) - County-class Heavy Cruiser

    HMS Norfolk was a County-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy and was the third of five ships to carry that name; she was named, after the Duke of Norfolk or the county of Norfolk and her motto was Serviens servo ("serving, I preserve"). Along with her sister ship Dorsetshire, she was part of a planned four-ship subclass and served throughout the Second World War. The Norfolk was launched in 1928 and commissioned in 1930, during the war the ship served in the Home Fleet and the South Atlantic, after the war she was based in the East Indies until she returned to the British Isles for scrapping in 1950.

    �� www.naval-history.net

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    Bygones with Dick Joice...

    by arturowan Written Dec 18, 2014

    If you happen to be any sort of Norfolk-phile, the name of Dick Joice is essential study to better sppreciate this most rural of counties...
    Dick Joice became famous to many East Anglians, presenting About Anglia, the Independent Broadcasting Authority's local news programme which went out @ 18:00 every weekday, (& still does to this day...)
    Dick Joice was the original, regular tv anchorman, but his unmistakable north-Norfolk accent should have given away the fact that by birth he was a farmer's son, & all his life made his main income from farming...
    Not unlike his fellow Norfolk, household-name, celebrity farmer, Bernard 'bootiful' Matthews, Dick Joice was putting his pocket money into stock, when still in his teens, & by middle-age had enough of a fortune in order to send his own 3 daughters to school at Riddlesworth Hall (see separate Gasthorpe tip...)
    His introduction to tv presenting came quite by chance, really through having developed a hobby of cine-film-making, & a fateful encounter with the heads of the yet to be founded IBA...
    The new tv production company wanted to feature regular programmes on country life, especially old farming methods which at the time were being made redundant by mechanisation...
    To this end, Farming Diary was commissioned, with Dick Joice the original presenter of what became 1 of the longest running programmes on British tv...
    Farming Diary was a farming calendar of East Anglia, but on occasion the show went on tour to other parts of the country for insights into developments in agricultural technology...
    After filming the last fishermen in Norfolk to fish using horses pulling nets from sea to the shore, viewers wrote-in to say that the practise was still going-on in Flanders, which led to filming there, then in Holland...
    Farming Diary travelled to the States in 1962, then Russia in 1964 - an event that certainly made an impression on Dick Joice, although he did not appreciate the Soviet diet, absent of fresh fruit & vegetables, he became chronically constipated!
    Dick Joice's period with the show, coincided with what was actually the second Agricultural Revolution in Britain, with horses still to be seen working on the land, being rapidly made redundant by improved tractor technology...
    As a schoolboy, he had been 1 of the first to see the origins of this techno-revolution, when Ferguson organised a 'top secret' demonstration on his father's farm of the original tractor to be fitted with hydraulic 3-point linkage...
    It was this linkage-system, combined with power-take-off, more than the tractor itself, which spelt the end days for horses as the main source of horsepower on the agricultural land of Norfolk...
    Dick Joice filmed horse-drawn ploughing as it still continued in rural East Anglia, but 2 decades later when he was reaching the end of his own tv career, it had been made history by 'tractor-isation'...
    Dick Joice might have retired from tv, but he never did from farming, which he returned to when giving-up presenting, by increasing his acreage & buying an even bigger estate to that which he had built-up over the decades...
    In his own words, his life had come; "Full Circle" - hence the name of his autobiography...
    At an age when many other men would be content to retire, & having been hospitalised in order to receive a replacement heart-valve, Norfolk's best-loved farmer, was still full of plans, not only for farming, but also his hobbies of collecting, & building working scale models of vintage farm machinery...
    At 1 time, Dick Joice owned 4 working traction engines which he demonstrated at weekends at farm fairs, & built-up a collection of more than 4000 artefacts made redundant by progress...
    These artefacts were housed in the former stables at Holkham Hall, where they can be viewed by the public in the Bygones Museum - a lasting tribute to a man whose whole life was dedicated to the land of Norfolk & profiling its many rural characters...
    Dick Joice was born in Great Ryburgh, during a snowstorm in January 1921 - he died in 1999

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    Shellfish Shops and Stalls

    by mazzap Updated May 20, 2005

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    Several to choose between in each town – but near enough all selling the same things, and at very similar prices.

    A typical British seaside tradition!

    Typical shellfish stall
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